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July 24, 2009

Session 5 | Day 6

Today I woke up to the sweetest breakfast we've had at Summit so far. For the first time in my life I had baked oatmeal. One word: incredible. From there, we all headed to class to listen to Dr. Noebel start the day with Bible Hour. This is interesting to me because we're discussing the value in the Bible, and why it is so important. Something that really caught my attention is the fact that learned people know the Bible. Even if they aren't Christian. Being able to refer to the Bible shows that you know a great deal about world literature, and even if you don't take it for religious truth, recognize its historicity.
From there we had Mr. Jordan Lorence from the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) speak to us. This was a great surprise to me, because my dad and I have had a number of conversations about what they do and how valuable it is. Essentially, they work with students to defend their Constitutional rights. In a nation where "Hate Crime" bills are being pushed through congress, and "Diversity Training" (Read: Accept and condone homosexuality training), Christian students need an organization that fights for their right to keep and exercise their beliefs. This is what the greater portion of Mr. Lorence's teaching was about. We have got to learn to survive at "The University of Babylon." We have to know how to respond to the insanity of our leftist professors, and learn to respectfully refute their arguments, ask for substitute assignments, and if all else fails, we must know how to defend our beliefs, even if that means contacting the ADF and taking legal action.
There was one thing, however, that I did not agree with. Mr. Lorence said it is the best possible situation to not live on campus if at all possible. I can understand if this from a financial point of view. Living at home is a much more economic option if you have family that lives near the school that you're planning on attending. The way I see it though, is that living on campus is a good part of the college experience. It is a good way to make new friends, and if nothing else, learn to defend your faith. This is almost a Summit-student tailored environment. Getting to exercise what you have learned is one of the best ways I can think of for retaining it, and for the person who is strong enough to withstand the temptation, I would contend that it is the best possible situation to live on campus. But, of course, that's just my opinion, and I haven't been a lawyer for 30 years!
After lunch and a continued discussion by Mr. Lorence, it was free time, and I signed to go the Olympic Training complex. I thought it would be pretty unique to see where the people of the Dream Team, and gold medalists, like Michel Phelps train. It did end up being pretty cool. Despite a rather short tour, we got to see the gym where the gymnasts train, shooting ranges, weight room, and resident quarters. Everybody who went learned a lot about how the athletes who live there conduct their day, and what they do when they're not training.
For the rest of free time I played a few games of chess where I discovered I'm a pretty sad excuse for a chess player. I have yet to win. After that I played some foosball and ERS (a sweet card game) to boost my self-esteem because I'm not too awful at those.
After free time, Dr. Noebel continued his "Worldviews in Conflict" lecture. He talked about how every worldview, combined, consists of 60 core beliefs. We discussed differences in the ten categories of each of the six worldviews we have talked about (hence 60 core beliefs). Tonight was focused on the church of Humanism, which has a huge following in English and psychology departments.
Last thing tonight was a video entitled "The Mystery of Life's Origins." It described the theory of irreducible complexity, and why it essentially proves that there had to be some form of intelligent design because there has to be preexisting information to create even the smallest parts in a living cell. It also argued that it is obvious that there is a creator because just as we can see things in the world that were obviously created, we can see that life had to be formed intelligently because it would be out of place in a world that didn't have life.
Anyway, I hope I've done a good job entertaining you, and because I'm about to fall asleep on the keyboard, I'm gonna hit the sack.

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